Newcastle United fans received some huge news prior to this weekend’s Premier League action.
Mikel Merino has turned his loan move from Borussia Dortmund into a permanent one by signing a five-year contract.
MERINO SIGNS: The full story as Newcastle United secure the services of @mikelmerino1 on a five-year deal.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 13, 2017
When the Magpies struck an agreement with Dortmund in the summer, an option to trigger a full-time stay was included in the deal.
Rather than wait until the end of the season, Rafael Benitez and the club have decided to secure Merino’s services now, presumably to stop other clubs from sniffing around in January.
The 21-year-old has been a welcome addition to the North-East outfit, playing in all seven league matches, six of which had the midfielder in the first XI.
As expected, Newcastle fans were delighted to see that Merino has committed himself to the club.
Quality signing ⚫️⚪️⚫️ pic.twitter.com/MwnhZnQEg5
— thomas allman (@tomallman1993) October 13, 2017
It's awfully early to be out on the ale but here we go
— Will Petit (@WilliamPetit1) October 13, 2017
Wow fantastic news 😍🎉🎉😀
— Sandra Farn (@hockeymom41) October 13, 2017
😁😁😁😁😁 thank you @rafabenitezweb for finding this little spainish gem
— Gav Holleran (@gav_nufc) October 13, 2017
Best signing in recent history IMO kids got potential, will be a force in Spain and our midfield for years to come. Vamos! #NUFC
— Craig Cushing (@CushdelaCush) October 13, 2017
You beauty! 😍
— Anth #24 (@anthn09) October 13, 2017
Declaring a bank holiday for Merino Day..
— MichaelMM (@mickmar29) October 13, 2017
this the news we have been waiting for
— papa bless (@wxnjx) October 13, 2017
Benitez’s men head into Sunday’s match against Southampton at St Mary’s ninth in the table.
The team have picked up three wins, one draw and three defeats.